March 22nd, 2010
10:02 AM ET
5 years ago

Romney on health vote: Obama 'betrayed his oath to the nation'

 Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.
Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts implemented a health care plan that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.

Romney, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, responded on Monday to the new health care legislation on the National Review's Web site. The president, he wrote, "has betrayed his oath to the nation" by failing to attract any Republican votes for the bill.

Romney's full statement after the jump:

"America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation – rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

"He calls his accomplishment 'historic' – in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process – he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, "what starts twisted, ends twisted."

"His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today."


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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power."

    Yep, how dare a majority vote determine our policies and legislation? Sorry Romney, the only people who believe that Obama is the one who has been divisive here are your already-convinced, already-angry, true-believing GOPer-basers whose opinions and positions on the subject of "everythign the Dems try to do between 2009-2013" was already determined as of November 4, 2008.

    Hilarious. So are they going to impeach him for getting a health care reform bill passed? "Betraying the oath of office" would be considered a "high crime and misdemeanor" worthy of impeachment...so is that their position? Is that the next step in their stairway to demogogue heaven? The next effort to bring our government to a screeching halt in order to ensure an angry, disillusioned, suffering populace for the next 3 years so they can then blame the Dems? Romney needs to stuff some of his magic undies in his mouth. He's a barely coherent ideologue moron with anchorman hair.

    BTW, I'd like to hear someone offer a cogent, FACT BASED argument (i.e., not pure ideolgical Chicago-school mumbo jumbo), using empirical evidence, about why "installs price controls" is a bad thing in the context of the health care industry. I'm pretty sure we heard the GOP rambling non-stop about this bill not doing anything to control costs/prices over the past few weeks, so why the change of position? Oh yeah, the bill passed, so now they have to figure out what to insert into their "say anything" strategery. More hypocrisy from the crybaby party.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Romney has betrayed his oath to reality.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Rafaelll

    Mitt Romney is a Morman and the mormans has their own agenda when it comes down to politics.
    could Romney have done better?

    March 22, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Shelly

    Mr Romney,

    The American people won:

    FEAR/ GREED – LOST; COMPASSION/HUMANITY – WON

    March 22, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    Like we can believe this clown, this health care reform bill is almost an exact duplicate of what Romney set up in MA but because it was not a Repugliban endeavor then Obama has betrayed us all. The Repugliban are just against ANYTHING Obama would accomplish because the Repugliban party is as a whole racist, bigoted, hateful, disgraceful, and fear mongerers. This has become more than apparent in this weekends proceedings, both outside the House as well as inside the House. They have no moral issues to stand upon, if anything they need to reevaluate their own morals and realize it is country first, NOT PARTY!

    March 22, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    So now every peice of legislation must get some republican approval or it's wrong? Sorry, Mittster, you guys are the minority, and demographic trends dictate that your minority of "real Americans" will get smaller and smaller and it's influence will wane. How does it feel to be disenfranchised, neoclowns? Get used to it. Go back to servicing your corporate masters and bible-crazy, ignorant base and let the grownups run the country. Have a nice day!

    March 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Keith

    Boo Hoo!!! Why don't you cry about it. Republicans are scum.

    March 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    To all the Republicans on this site: HI LOSERS!

    March 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. JA/TN

    the outcries are unfounded, President Bush took us to war on lies and made up intel reports, ran up the deficit, no outcry(protest), what is patriotism and christain, if it don't consist of providing for the sick, these wars have no end, the cost is more than money, our soldiers will com to broken homes and have broken minds, war is the only thing that moves forward without opposition

    March 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Brink

    Mitt ,live in a democracy and A majority voted for this bill. The people who betrayed their oath to the nation are the Republicans who put their party and politics before the best interests of the American people. Shame on you for saying something as nonsensical as this and shame on the GOP for its selfish behavior. The American people will not forget in November.

    March 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Sometimes when you win, you lose

    The president claimed this was a victory for the American people.
    Funny, I don't see anyone celebrating.

    March 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. MikeH

    Where was Mitt when his buddy Bush suspended Habeus Corpus and the 4th Amendment, when torture became 'legal', when the nation was bled out by Bush's banker cronies, when an illegal war was started?

    No Mitt, you don't have the credibility to accuse anyone of abuse of power since you kissed-bunn Bush as he moved America towards a facist dictatorship.

    Of course this is just Republican-biased CNN trying to appease the Faux Spews wackadoodles.

    March 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Papasan in AZ

    Paid for by Big Business...

    P.S. Nobody is listening Romney, go back to the Board Room!

    Papasan in AZ

    March 22, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    Well said, Mitt. This was a nasty brand of politics in full view. We do not like the way Obama does business. American taxpayers and Americans needing quality health care will bear the brunt of this latest episode. Insurance costs will get rediculously high thanks to ObamaCare and unemployment will be right up there with it. Oops! Another Oblunder.

    March 22, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Kevin Schuder

    Romney doesn't want anyone to adopt any of his previous opinions or policies.... which are decidedly un-American... a total betrayal of American values.
    The NEW Romney 2.0, conceived yesterday, knows that his ill-defined catch-phrases are positive for America.

    You can't try to help people AND be a modern Republican.
    You either spew uninformed 'never raise taxes,' or 'diplomacy = terrorist lover' nonsense, or you try to be a reasonable, yet unelected republican.

    History did not start yesterday. Own it.

    March 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. aaron b

    really? But you did it Gov.

    March 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Retired-Vet

    I never thought to see the fall of our great constitution, but I have now witnessed the beginning of the end.

    March 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. mayo

    Your campaign began a few years ago and you lost in the primaries... Go and camp out in Iowa.

    March 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. haren

    Romney this is your bill exactly same as Massachusette.
    Scott brown should be toast in next election.

    March 22, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. ugogrl

    romney u r a whacko! go back where u came from!please

    March 22, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Fitz In Texas

    Obama 'betrayed his oath to the nation'

    And the sad part is, Obama knows and it and doesn't care.

    March 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. L for Legend

    President Obama reached out and the repugs slapped his hand away, so stop with the lies. Health care legislation will make things better for ALL Americans. The bill may not be perfecr, but it's a great beginning for all.

    March 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Brian

    Sorry Mitt, I didn't catch the vote - did Obama vote Yea or Nay?

    March 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. lolly

    but doesnt his magi underwear protect him from nuclear options?

    hahahahahah he's an idiot

    March 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. RDS

    Oh pls...the Republicans had no attention what so ever of voting on any bill that Obama puts forward. The rail against deficeits and crap but when the time comes to vote for things such as no earmars they don't vote for it. I'm not a fan of the Dems either but the Republicans are a sham and a horrible record in this country of doing anything for the people they claim to stand up for.

    March 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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